Main Day One

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Registration & Morning Jumpstart

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chairperson’s Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Merck Double Feature: Applied Intelligent Automation

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Merck Double Feature: Strategies to Ease Regulatory Compliance with New Automation Technologies

Derrick Smith, Associate Scientist, Post-Doc, Merck


Derrick Smith

Associate Scientist, Post-Doc

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Morning Mingle – Meet with Fellow Attendees Over Coffee

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Defining the Role of Robotic Process Automation in Pharma

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Solutions Showcase: See the Latest IA Technologies in Action

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Large-Scale Automation Track: Identifying the Right Mix of Automation & Human Oversight

Alan Katz, Director of Chemical Manufacturing, SPEX CertiPrep


Alan Katz

Director of Chemical Manufacturing
SPEX CertiPrep

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Small -Scale Automation Track: Creating an Efficient Clinical Manufacturing Workflow

Chuck Hart, Head of Clinical Manufacturing, Prolong Pharmaceuticals


Chuck Hart

Head of Clinical Manufacturing
Prolong Pharmaceuticals

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Large-Scale Automation Track: Machine Learning to Optimize Continuous Production

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Small-Scale Automation Track: Where Production Meets Biology: Enabling Commercially-Viable Personalized Medicine

Charlie Sklare, Researcher, Chrisey Research Group, Tulane University


Charlie Sklare

Chrisey Research Group, Tulane University

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Afternoon Recharge – Continue Conversations Over Snacks & Refreshments

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Interactive Discussion Groups

Group A: Pharma’s Readiness for RPA
Group B: The Regulatory Challenges of New Automation
Group C: Advantages of Shorter Timeline Investments in Automation

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM People’s Choice Awards & Community Goal-Setting

Recognize the showstopper of the solution showcase
Decide in real-time on technology and automation goals for the drug and device industry
Work to make these targets a reality when we meet next year!